Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Tortilla Chip Day

In case you didn't know, today is Tortilla Chip Day...and while you might not think to celebrate it, I have been craving salsa and chips lately, so I figured what better way to celebrate? 




Sure I could make tacos (mmm, tacos) or even my own tortilla chips from flour tortillas (tasty in a whole different way) but I'm going with plain old chips and salsa. But if I were feeling it, I'd add my favorite chicken dip here or load up the chips like in this recipe. 

Some days are lazy cooking days...as in, less cooking, more lazing. And while we're talking yummy, this Navajo Fry Bread recipe is delish...tried it in Arizona at a little family restaurant and looovveed it! Even though there are no tortilla chips, I had to share.



While I don't have any nacho crafts that I've made lately, there are some adorable stamps that I've been eyeing forever. These are from The Sweet Stamp Shop. 


Here are some free digi taco clipart files for you...including this one. Not sure what to do with them, but if you know someone who loves tacos and has a birthday, I'm sure you could figure something out for them!




And what about tortilla chips for dessert? You could totally make these cinnamon chips and then share with me!



Even though my kids are big kids, I love a good picture book and this one looks so fun...perfect to read today. 





That's all I got to taco bout today! Happy Friday!
Chark


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Glittered Butterflies Are The Best

I got this acetate butterfly in a class about a year ago and I ended up not using it on the project we made. So, he's just been sitting around, waiting. I needed an easy card and had a Lawn Fawn Spruce wood grain card with the LF word 'hugs" die cut from it. I thought the butterfly would be a great focal piece, so I glittered him up with Peacock Stickles—my favorite form of glitter—and adhered him to the front. 



That was fast and easy and fun. I love the look of glitter behind acetate. I searched high and low and found the butterfly printed acetate if you want to try your hand at coloring or glittering this beauty and here's the link.

I think a couple sequins or pearls or something might be okay to add to finish it off...and I actually like the text page behind it that I used for photographing purposes, so the next one I might add text paper or washi.

Interesting how I can see the flaws in a card in a photograph vs real life :) It's actually helpful, but I might want to do it before uploading so I have time to tweak the card for the blog. Or not!

If you like the idea of glittering acetate, you could check out this post on shading with glitter on the ArtGlitter Blog...it's pretty cool.

Or if you're feeling saucy, check out the Martha Stewart video on glitter painting...I may get brave and break out the real glitters instead of the Stickles! :)



Happy Wednesday,
Chark

Monday, February 20, 2017

Penguins Is Practically Chickens

I got to help choose this design for the 2 Cute Ink contest I won. I asked for an animal other than an owl reading because c'mon...animals reading? How cute is that? Well, it's pretty darn cute if you're Heidi and you draw a penguin in glasses. I wonder what he's reading.



I colored this guy up and fussy cut him and put him on a Dylusions spray background I made. I spent an afternoon with a pizza box to catch the sprays, a million sheets of different types of paper and about 3 spray colors. After the papers dried, I cut them out and ran them through the Big Shot with this 3-D embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers. My favorite papers were the slightly glossy kind you shouldn't send through an inkjet printer because they'll smear. The spray droplets are more pronounced and don't bleed into the paper as much...you can see that in the close-up.


You might recognize my post title from this classic Bugs Bunny cartoon. One of my favorite cute penguins is little guy, especially when he cries ice cubes. Love!


Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, February 17, 2017

Let the Good Times Roll

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities ever, maybe because I got to visit the French Quarter when I was 16 and impressionable. Still, the city has a feeling, a history, a tangible difference from every other place I've visited. I've been there three times and every time it's the same—uniquely New Orleans. If you've been, maybe you know what I mean. If you've never been, and plan to go, you must do three things: eat beignets at the Cafe du Monde; try crawfish, a po'boy or jambalaya; and walk the streets listening to jazz and visit Jackson Square in the Quarter. After that you can add ride the streetcar, visit the Audubon Zoo, see the sculptures in City Park, ride a river boat on the mighty Mississippi, take a tour of the Garden District and the St. Louis Cemetery #1 and a million other things. This photo is from our last trip there a few years ago. 



This time of year always reminds me of how much I love New Orleans. I've never been at Mardi Gras and probably don't want to, as I'm middle-aged and not free-wheeling, but I can only imagine the city vibe is a whole 'nother world at Mardi Gras time.



I have this New Orleans-stamped card up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today, hope you'll pop over to say hi. 

And because Mardi Gras is coming up on February 28th, I thought I'd add some N'awlins facts and fun for you today. 

The French Quarter was originally founded as a shelter from hurricanes in the 18th century and laid out in a rectangle block. These next two pics came from here...and aren't mine, but they are lovely.




Mardi Gras means parade floats and it's illegal for float riders to be without a mask. The original reason for the masks was to get rid of social restrictions so anyone could mingle with anyone else. 

The beads thrown from the floats have been around since the early 1900s and the flashing to get them is only a few decades old. Other things are thrown like stuffed animals and toys...not sure if you have to flash your top for a teddy bear. 


One tradition at carnival time (which ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday) is King Cake...and if you get the piece with the little plastic baby in it, you get good luck for the year and gotta bring the cake next year. Here's a recipe from the Food Network.


That's all I have for now...except don't forget to eat Pancakes on Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) since it's a tradition started to get rid of all the rich food before Lent (and fasting) begins. I mean, if I have to, I have to.

Happy Friday,
Chark

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

To a Fun-gi

I used the freebie mushroom digi stamp I got from The Alley Way Stamps, but I don't see this one on their site and the store closed down last year. So...you can still pop over and get their free digis, but not sure you'll find this one. The sentiment that goes with it is "Happy Birthday to a Fun-gi" and I think it's hilarious. 


I added the eyelash marks and some doodles in white and black. You can see more in this close-up. 



It's mounted on kraft and then a periwinkle kind of blue glimmer paper that I used this We R Memory Keepers Next Level 3D Embossing Folder on. I love these 3D embossing folders. They look so cool!

I found a fungi stamp set you can get your hands on if you think it's funny too. Memory Box has this set available.



I like the "Morel Support" sentiment too...cute!

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Monday, February 13, 2017

More Prismacolor Coloring

Ok, I know it's all I've been doing lately, but I'm loving using my Prismacolor pencils to color digital stamps. I think I need to try a little Gamsol blending to see how I like it, but for now, I'm just blending with the colorless blender and the white pencil.


You can see on this free digi from Stamp Anniething (that I've colored before) that I used the white pencils to blend her skirt a bit. I also added white highlights in Uniball white pen.


For my 2 Cute Ink images below, I used the pencils and then black gel pen for shading. 


It worked okay on the dog, but I did smear the turtle's head a bit. Ah well, lesson learned!


Okay, promise to bring you something a little different on Wednesday. But I won't stop coloring :)

Happy Monday!
Chark